For Immediate Release

New Program Alert! SafeHomes4Vets Grant Now Available

August 17, 2020

The SAFEHOMES4VETS (SH4V) grant is available to help disabled Veterans by providing a barrier-free living environment, such as a wheelchair ramps, wider doorways, as well as Kitchen and bath upgrade allowing accessible homes, that affords Veterans a level of independent living they may not otherwise enjoy. Veterans and current service members with specific service- connected disabilities may be entitled to a grant for the purpose of modifying their living accommodations to meet their individual adaptive needs, up to the current maximum of $20,000 for 2020. SH4V grants help Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment. The SH4V grant can be used to increase the mobility of eligible Veteran and service members throughout their residences.

SH4V grants in one of the following ways:

· Adapt an existing home the Veteran or a family member already owns in which the Veteran lives

· Adapt a home the Veteran or family member intends to purchase in which the Veteran will live

Applying for a SH4V Grant The veteran must be registered with Massachusetts Military Support Foundation (MMSFI). To receive a SH4V grant, the Veteran must first have a prescription from a physician or the VA health care system. This must include:

· The diagnosis with medical justification

· The Veteran's name, address, SSN, and phone number(s)

To apply, the Veteran must first provide:

· A completed application

· If a leased or rented property, written permission from the owner.

Following are the types of projects that SH4V grants will pay for. This is not all inclusive

1. Roll-in showers

2. Construction of wooden or concrete, permanent ramping to provide access to the home

3. Widening doorways to bedroom, bathroom, etc., to achieve wheelchair access

4. Lowering of kitchen or bathroom counters and sinks

5. Improving entrance paths and driveways in immediate area of home to facilitate access to the home

6. Construction of concrete pads and installation of exterior types of wheelchair lift mechanisms. Interior and exterior railing deemed necessary for patients with ambulatory capability or for veterans rated legally blind.

7. Improvements to plumbing or electrical systems made necessary due to the installation of dialysis equipment in the home

8. Any cost associated with permits, inspection fees, etc., that are required by local ordinances.

SH4V will not pay for:

· Walkways to exterior buildings

· Widening of driveways (more than 8ft x 8ft area)

· Spa, hot tub, or Jacuzzi

· Exterior decking (more than 8ft x 8ft).

If you are disabled, it is important to feel comfortable at home. Depending on your unique needs, modifications can make a big difference in your accessibility at home. MMSFI promotes independent living for disabled veterans through several programs. Based on your disability, you may be eligible for a SH4V grant to make modifications to your home.

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